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Supreme Court orders expeditious trial of Karo-kari case

KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday directed the additional district and sessions judge of Shaheed Benazirabad district to decide within six months a case pertaining to double murder allegedly committed over an allegation of Karo-kari (honour killing) in 2010.

A two-member bench, comprising Justices Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Amir Hani Muslim, passed this direction on a petition filed by Muhammad Azeem Shar, a resident of Shaheed Benazirabad district.

He submitted that his 16-year-old son, Asghar Ali Shar, and a girl, Hakeema Bibi, were murdered by a relative of hers on a Karo-kari charge on Oct 15, 2010 within the remit of the Jam Datar police station.

He stated that since the Karo-kari charge against his son was false, he lodged a murder case nominating Noor Muhammad Shar, a relative of Hakeema, as the accused. His counsel, Abdul Wahab Baloch, submitted that the double murder case had been pending trial before the ADJ of Shaheed Benazirabad, but the trial court neither had recorded evidence nor examined witnesses.

He said justice was not being dispensed to the petitioner, who lost his young son over an allegation almost two years back. The counsel prayed to the SC to order the trial court to decide the matter expeditiously.

The SC bench directed the ADJ to decide the matter expeditiously and within six months. The court allowed the petitioner to also move an application to the Sindh High Court chief justice to seek similar directions for the trial court.

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